Whatever you're looking to do with your family and kids-libraries, festivals, museums, arts & crafts-you'll find it in today's list of fun and educational activities for families and kids in Rockland. Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar for upcoming events!
Nature Photoscavenger Hunt - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
September 22, 2013 - Cornwall
This special event combines fall foliage, photography, and fun. What's not to enjoy?
Curiosity Day - Barnes & Noble -- The Palisades Center
September 22, 2013 - West Nyack
Stop by the store's children section to celebrate that mischievous monkey, Curious George. This fun-filled family event will highlight childhood curiosity and a love of learning with a reading of a classic Curious George title, activities, and treats.
Oktoberfest - Bear Mountain State Park
September 22, 2013 - Bear Mountain
Bear Mountain once again hosts this fall festival with German music, food, beer, and vendors. Stroll around Hessian lake. Take in the park's fall foliage. Enjoy the season at this family-friendly event. Weekends and Columbus Day through October 27.
Community Fall Festival - JCC Rockland
September 22, 2013 - West Nyack
Families are invited to spend a "fun day at the J" at this annual event, which this year falls during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. Kids can enjoy activities in the JCC's sukkah while parents check out the community center's new group exercise schedule, learn about new offerings, and try out demos of new specialty classes such as Kettlebell, Get Fit for Baby, and IntenSati. The day also includes programs on nutrition, heart health, and healthy living.
Ramsey Farmers Market - Ramsey Farmers Market
September 22, 2013 - Ramsey
This weekly market features 35 vendors with organic and traditional produce, artisan breads and cheeses, local honey, homemade pastas and sauces, local wine, organic hummus and prepared foods, gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegar, homemade jams, spices, fresh fish, and more. This week's market features music by Astanis Sings, children's crafts with Miss Lorraine and an Apple Festival with give-aways, apple-themed events, and face-painting for children.
Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst - Lyndhurst
September 22, 2013 - Tarrytown
Shop for one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, fashion, and accessories, furniture and home decor pieces, as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood, and mixed media. Visitors can enjoy live music all weekend long, watch craft demonstrations, participate in children's activities, eat in the expanded food court, and purchase specialty foods.
Butterfly! Story of a Life Cycle - SUNY Rockland Community College
September 22, 2013 - Suffern
Hudson Vagabond Puppets celebrates the magical lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly with a captivating performance featuring human-size puppets. Larger-than-life characters such as Ella, a nurturing ladybug; Webster, a "hep-cat" spider; and a tap-dancing robin all guide a caterpillar named Mari as she completes her Monarch's journey and captures the heart of the audience along the way.
Peekskill Rotary 43rd Annual Horse Show & Country Fair - Blue Mountain Reservation
September 22, 2013 - Peekskill
Terrific fun for young and old alike. The only show in Westchester County with both English and Western riding contests. Admission and parking is free and the show is held rain or shine.
Fair attractions include pony and hay rides, a country fair and craft market, bounce and slide rides, and a "Kountry Kitchen" featuring baked goods. Rotary members work in the foot tents serving up a full range of grilled foods, beverages, and ice cream.
Family Art Project: Late Summer Sun Prints - Wave Hill
September 22, 2013 - Bronx
It's the last day of summer, so use the September sun as a helper while using special photographic paper to make silhouettes from the light of the sun. Gather leaves, pinecones, or other natural materials to create light-filled nature patterns. Free with admission to the grounds.
Apple Cidering - Tenafly Nature Center
September 22, 2013 - Tenafly
Families can help to make apple cider using the nature center?s apple press and learn about the history of apple cultivation and cider making. The nature center will provide the apples but more apples mean more cider so feel free to bring three or more apples per person. Rain or shine. Registration required. No strollers.
Apple Picking - The Orchards of Concklin
September 22, 2013 - Pomona
Fall in Rockland County means its time for apple picking. Its also time for some outdoor fun. After picking way more apples than you really need, head back toward the farm store for inflatables including a giant slide, haunted house, Bounce House, and the perennially-popular Jurassic Adventure. Children's activities are held 12-5pm. McIntosh, Cortland, and Red Delicious apples are expected to be available this weekend.
Sushi in the Sukkah - Congregation Sons of Israel
September 22, 2013 - Upper Nyack
Families are invited to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Sukkot "Sushi in the Sukkah." Families will eat, sing, and learn about Sukkot from Rabbi Abraham.
New York Renaissance Faire - Sterling Forest
Through September 22, 2013 - Tuxedo
Come in costume - or not - to this theatrical interpretation of a 16th Century fair. Kids can enjoy lots of circus-type performances including juggling, tight rope walking, trapeze acts, a hilarious father and son knife throwing act, and silly stage shows. Fair-goers can also try their hand at a variety of carnival-type games, try human-powered amusements (think: push, pull, spin), ride a camel, pedal a boat, get their face painted, and more. Special highlights include a giant chess match on the lawn featuring human "pieces" and of course, a jousting match on horseback. Discount tickets available online. Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day through September 22. Rain or shine.
St. Paul Parish 'FUN DAY' - St. Paul Shool
September 22, 2013 - Valley Cottage
This fall fair features food and entertainment on large outdoor stage. Enjoy signing, dancing, martial arts demonstration, and more. Kids can check out inflatables including a bouncy house, slides, and pirate ship as well as games of skill and chance.
School Uniform Discount Days - Monster Mini Golf
Through September 26, 2013 - Nanuet
Throughout the month, Monster Mini Golf is offering ½ price miniature golf play for kids who arrive in a school uniform. The promotion will run Tuesdays through Thursdays and applies to kids up to 18 years of age. Monster Mini Golf is an indoor, monster-themed, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course. A DJ entertains golfers throughout their stay, playing music and giving away prizes.
Salsa Sundays - Gagliardi Studio & Gallery
Through October 28, 2013 - Nyack
Children and their parents are invited to enjoy Salsa music while dancing with each other. There will be an informal beginners and Afro Cuban style dance lesson. Registration is requested.
The Haunted Pumpkin Garden - The New York Botanical Garden
Through October 31, 2013 - Bronx
Pumpkin sculptures of spooky scarecrows, frightening spiders, sneaky snakes, and more await discovery at every turn in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden. The display includes more than 500 intricately carved pumpkins that are sure to capture imagination. Special events run throughout the month. Through Oct. 31 in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden.
Haunted Pumpkin Garden Activities
Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, October 14; 10am-5:30pm in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden:
- Join a Halloween Parade (meet at the Pumpkin House, weekdays 1:30pm; weekends 1pm and 3pm.
- Collect fallen fruits and seeds in a scavenger hunt bag.
- Put on your own performance in the Pumpkin Puppet Theater.
- Enjoy spooky readings from favorite Halloween storybooks on weekends (2pm and 3pm).
Summer Events - Stony Point Lighthouse and Battlefield
Through October 31, 2013 - Stony Point
Bring your family for a living history lesson and learn about the role Stony Point played in the American Revolution. Check out an 18th century Soldier's Camp Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 12-4pm. See an artillery drill featuring the battlefield's 6-pounder cannon Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. Battlefield tours are held Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. All events are weather and staffing permitting. Call before your visit to confirm.
Dinosaur Safari - By Popular Demand Extended Through Nov. 3 - Bronx Zoo
Through November 03, 2013 - Bronx
The new attraction will include a ride through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods with more than two-dozen animatronic dinosaurs up to 40 feet long which move, snarl, roar, and spit.
In anticipation of the new exhibit, the Bronx Zoo is offering New Yorkers a chance to vote for their favorite dinosaur species at bronxzoo.com/dino and win tickets to see the dinosaurs. Included in the vote: long-necked Brachiosaurus, the intimidating Tyrannosaurus rex, the gator-like Baryonyx, the massive Triceratops, or the flighted Quetzalcoatlus. Exclusive Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari stickers that can be used with a safari field guide will be given to those who vote.
Dinosaur Safari will include a ride through a two-acre area of the zoo, and will highlight the physical or behavioral adaptations many share with species that are alive today.
This limited engagement will through Sunday, November 3, and will be included in the Total Experience Ticket.
A 20% discount is offered with online purchases for Monday and Tuesday visits. Tickets can be purchased in advance at bronxzoo.com/dino.
'Kiss Me Kate' - Westchester Broadway Theatre
Through November 10, 2013 - Elmsford
This Cole Porter hit offers a host of glorious songs with some dazzling rhymes, and a witty script about a former husband-and-wife acting team at war with each other while trying to stage a musical version of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." The show, whose original 1948 production won five Tony awards including Best Musical, scintillates with classic Cole Porter numbers, "Wunderbar," "Always True To You In My Fashion," "Why Can't You Behave," "Too Darned Hot," "I Hate Men," and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." Show runs through November 10, 2013. Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday matinees including lunch; Thursday, Friday Saturday, and Sunday Evenings including dinner.
Tours - Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate
Through November 11, 2013 - Sleepy Hollow
Kykuit, the six-story stone house and rolling hilltop estate that served as home to four generations of Rockefellers, is open to visitors beginning Saturday, May 4, through Sunday, Sep. 30, and Nov. 1-11. Open daily Oct 1-31. Kykuit's modern and classical art collection, architecture, and expansive gardens are consistently rated the top attraction in the lower Hudson Valley, and draw tens of thousands of visitors annually. Kykuit, which means "lookout" in Dutch, includes a six-story stone house, multiple terraced gardens, art galleries, outdoor classical and modern sculpture, and commanding Hudson River views. Its hilltop location overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades is 500 feet above sea level. Visitors to Kykuit learn the story of the Rockefellers, beginning with John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, whose business acumen made him the richest man in America in his day. He later became the country's first great philanthropist. By his death in 1937, he had given away more than half his fortune through various philanthropic programs. Visitors can choose from four tours: Classic, Grand, Timesaver, and Selected Highlights. The Classic, ideal for first-time visitors, is a shorter experience than the comprehensive, three-hour Grand. Besides the mansion, both of these tours include time in Kykuit's art galleries, gardens, and Coach Barn, with its collection of horse-drawn carriages, vintage automobiles, and equestrian equipment. The 90-minute Timesaver is ideal for those on tighter schedules, while Selected Highlights maximizes time in the gardens. Visitors can buy tickets online in advance, choosing the exact tour, time, and date they want to visit. Tickets are on sale at hudsonvalley.org. Historic Hudson Valley recommends advanced ticket buying, particularly for weekend tours, which fill up quickly. Besides online, tickets may be purchased by calling 914-631-8200 (service charge additional) or at the Kykuit Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. All tours start at the Kykuit Visitor Center; doors open at 9am.
Farmers' Market - Memorial Park Spring Valley
Through November 20, 2013 - Spring Valley
This weekly market features local fruits and vegetables. Wednesdays through November 20.
Ramsey Farmers Market - Ramsey Farmers Market
Through November 24, 2013 - Ramsey
This weekly market features 35 vendors with organic and traditional produce, artisan breads and cheeses, local honey, homemade pastas and sauces, local wine, organic hummus and prepared foods, gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegar, homemade jams, spices, fresh fish, and more. Parents can shop while their kids enjoy music, crafts, and other special events. Check out the web site for details of weekly highlights. Sundays through November 24.
Farmers' Market - Piermont Village
Through November 24, 2013 - Piermont
This weekly market features chutneys, breads, baked goods, produce, and artisanal cheese. Sundays through November 24.
Discovery Quests - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center
Through November 30, 2013 - Cornwall
Families are invited to learn about nature in a fun interactive way. Each guidebook sends participants looking for clues along nature center trails, which range from casual to challenging. Saturdays and Sundays through November.
Family Friendly Friday Night Service - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through December 06, 2013 - Upper Nyack
Families with young children are invited to this special service featuring singing, dancing, a puppet show, challah, and grape juice.
First Fridays in Nyack - Downtown Nyack
Through December 06, 2013 - Nyack
The Nyack Art Collective teams up local artists and businesses for a special events to be held the first friday of each month through the end of the year. Beginning July 5, and each First Friday of the month, downtown Nyack will feature art openings, interactive "happenings," body and face painting, music, jugglers, and more.
African Dance Workshop - Spring Valley Youth Bureau
Through December 23, 2013 - Spring Valley
Harambee Dance Company, fabulous performers of African dance and music, teach this weekly workshop. Registration is requested.
Tot Shabbat - Congregation Sons of Israel
Through December 28, 2013 - Upper Nyack
Families with young children are invited to celebrate Shabbat each Saturday morning with lessons, stories, and games.
Mastodons: Ice Age to Discovery - Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Wildlife Education Center
Through December 29, 2013 - Cornwall
This little gem of a nature center in nearby Orange County hosts a special exhibit this year on mastodons, a cool subject for many kids. And at 2:30pm, young visitors can join a Museum Educator to "Meet the (live) Animal" of the week. Exhibit runs each weekend through December.
Seasonal Workshop - Jill's Ceramics
Through December 30, 2013 - West Nyack
Jill will help artists of all ages design seasonal or holiday-themed crafts. Her selection includes jewelry boxes, candy dishes, mugs, plates, picture frames, vases, and more. Pieces can be taken home that day or left for glazing. Fee includes instruction. Pre-registration is requested. Toddler workshops are held each Monday and Tuesday. All-ages workshops are held each Friday.
Tea & Play - Green Meadow Waldorf School
Through June 02, 2014 - Chestnut Ridge
Parents of prospective students can talk to one of the school's early childhood teacher while their child plays nearby in a beautiful classrooms. Mondays through June 2 other than Oct. 14, Nov. 25, Dec. 23, Dec. 30, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, April 14, and May 26.